Australia: Sydney Teacher Who Sold Cannabis To Students May Have Charges Dismissed On Mental Health Grounds

Australia: Sydney Teacher Who Sold Cannabis To Students May Have Charges Dismissed On Mental Health Grounds
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A Sydney high school science teacher who admitted to selling drugs to her students will have to wait two weeks to see whether the charge will be dismissed on mental health grounds. Lauren Gabrielle Russell, 42, appeared in Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to supplying a small quantity of illegal drugs to students at Lucas Heights Community School. Documents tendered to the court reveal the physics teacher contacted a student outside of school hours and asked them if they wanted to “catch up and have a smoke” around 3pm on December 15, 2021. Lauren Russell admitted to supplying an illegal drug to students in south Sydney. Russell then collected two minors in her car and drove them to a location in Menai. According to the court documents, the Beverly Hills resident then supplied the two students with cannabis to smoke from their homemade bong. The trio took turns smoking cannabis through the Gatorade bottle bong until they were finished, the police facts state. When Russell drove them to Menai Skate Park, the documents reveal she told several people she’d smoked weed with the two students. The video appears to show the Beverly Hills resident inhaling from the bottle and exhaling smoke as she sits on a milk crate in a skate park near the school. No charges were laid in relation to the video. On Wednesday, the court was told the mother of three submitted an application to have the charge dismissed under section 14 of the Mental Health Act. Defence lawyer Dev Bhutani told the court there was a causal link between his client’s bipolar disorder and her “out of character” behaviour. He said the lithium tablets she was receiving to treat her mental illness put her at risk of a manic episode because the dosage…

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